One answer per answer please, and lets keep this community wiki.

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Your spouse asks you a question and you answer ... then wait for an up vote.

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Hm in most mariages, you only get downvotes ;-). – Gamecat Nov 26 '08 at 15:36
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Collect 3 spouses and delete? =) – gnostradamus Feb 24 '09 at 15:45
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When you're answering this question.

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When you're asking this question. – T.J. Crowder Feb 18 '10 at 15:44
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Your boss has to post on one of your questions just to get your attention.

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Same for your wife... and... kids. – BoltBait Oct 29 '08 at 15:58
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Bolt, please come to my desk in ten minutes. – André Neves Apr 2 '09 at 12:56
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On my way, boss! – BoltBait Apr 2 '09 at 16:55
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wished i could upvote it twice – Suraj Chandran Feb 12 '10 at 8:35
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Dad, could you please pick me up from school tonight? – DoctaJonez Oct 21 '10 at 8:26
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When you've written 4 lines of code all day.

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... and that code was for an answer on Stack Overflow. – Wedge Oct 29 '08 at 17:07
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...or for four different answers on Stack overflow – Simon Jan 25 '09 at 0:05
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When your business partner puts the following on the company's white board

Stackoverflow is not work

(stackoverflow is not work)

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that's really lame. While it can be a time-sink... I find it an immensely valuable resource. Use it in moderation, just like crack :) – Ben Scheirman Oct 29 '08 at 17:07
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I wanted to answer, but this whiteboard could apply for our team @ work .. .euh only sometimes boss .... – CheGueVerra Oct 29 '08 at 17:08
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When you find yourself learning about XYZ just to get one more answer in.

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who said being too much (according to spouse/boss/partner...) on stack overflow was a bad thing ;-) – Newtopian Oct 31 '08 at 11:51
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You start trying to downvote emails

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rofl I actually think about that all the time in mailing lists – R.A Mar 13 '09 at 12:19
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You're on another website and wonder where the controls are to vote content up or down.

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This happens to me all the time now. – mmyers Apr 6 '09 at 20:51
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You keep pressing the refresh button hoping that there will be fresh questions in your chosen tag

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Hasn't anyone developed an application to keep track of these things for us?! Please! – Subtwo Mar 11 '09 at 20:46
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@Subtwo: of course. Each tag has an RSS feed, so you can subscribe to the feed with your favorite newsreader. – wcoenen Jul 1 '09 at 11:54
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When you check StackOverflow first thing in morning - even before your official email! :)

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Jon Skeet emails you to suggest walking away for a bit.

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You type an 's' in your address bar and it auto-completes to 'stackoverflow.com'.

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You've run out of votes ? :)

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Someone you haven't met refers to you as "Sara from Stackoverflow"

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and not the "Hottie from SO"? – StingyJack Oct 29 '08 at 17:28
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What!? there are female programmers? Why wasn't I notified? – Brad Gilbert Dec 2 '08 at 1:07
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Hot, smart AND from New Jersey? I call shenanigans! – cciotti Mar 11 '09 at 20:46
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When the F5 has been worn off my keyboard ;-)

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when you can easily tag new duplicate questions in a second (with a link to the original or similar question)..

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... because you already read the original, twice. – Brad Gilbert Dec 2 '08 at 1:09
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and memorized the question id – Simon Jan 25 '09 at 0:06
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When you know a search on StackOverflow with Google should be done with:

site:stackoverflow.com -hottest -highest -recently -newest

Other criteria:


When you know the ASCII code for ( and ) characters, because javadoc html links can refer to parameters API within rounded brackets...

http://myPage/myObject.html#myFunction(myParams)

will have to be written

http://myPage/myObject.html#myFunction%28myParams%29


When you see a question and think:
"Great! I really would like to know the answer to that one".

Only to discover that it was you who had answered it.
And that it has been the most upvoted.
And your answer had actually been accepted... sigh.

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When you are talking to a co-worker and you keep looking for the button to close as "Not programming related".

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For me it's "Subjective and argumentative", and it happens every time someone asks my opinion on something. – mmyers Apr 6 '09 at 20:53
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When you complicate your architecture at work just to have to ask interesting questions on stackoverflow.com

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When the top domain in your web browser history is sof.modos.org. (if you don't know yet...)

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Your friends get envious of your reputation climb rate

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When you prefix all of your responses to actual people with "+1" or "-1".

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A recursive function you wrote fails with a "stack overflow," and you start looking for the vote up button in the function declaration.

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You have a twisted notion of what "building a reputation" is.

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When you remember the day the Have you become addicted to Crack Overflow?-Question was asked :)

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When your Stack Overflow reputation comes up in a daily Scrum meeting.

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You go out of your way to post an answer on this thread rather than getting on with the mountain of work that you have to do...

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When you are on Stack Overflow while at PDC2008 instead of attending sessions . . .

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When your boss has rerouted stack overflow in your company DNS to the company's internal journal system.

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